I am a third-year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology. My research focuses on interventions in the ravines (los barrancos) that compose almost half of Guatemala City's terrain. I am interested in how ravinesâ€”their vertical and negative formsâ€”are spaces of and for collaboration in Guatemala Cityâ€™s urbanized and ecologically-minded future. I work with architects, urban planners, and policy makers to ask how experts differently design and call into view diverse applications for los barrancos. What nostalgia and whose memories do ravines hold; how are they tapped into for democratic and public/common futures? While fascinated by the nexus of design and ecology, my project adds to existing scholarship on democracy, public space, property, and security in postwar and peacetime Guatemala.
Before coming to Rice I received a B.S. in Anthropology and a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University of California, Riverside where I cultivated research interests in environment, design, infrastructure, and science and technology studies from my research with the NSF REU in Menomonie, Wisconsin and the Downtown Riverside Farmers Market.